STEFAN BELTZIG

b. 1944 / Bavarian 

The son of a Berlin filmmaker and dealer in Oriental Antiquities, Stefan Belzig attempted at first to turn his back on the artistic milleu in which he was raised, dropped out of school and joined a circus troop as an acrobat. After leading the life of a vagabond, which enabled him to travel to India and the near East, he began to study art. From 1963 to 1964 he worked at Shiraz and Isfahan in Iran, where he took up ceramics and sculpture. 

After a formal study of art and graduation from the Academy of Art in Munich with First Prize in painting in 1973, he began to emphasize realism and tromp l'oeil effects in his works. From 1979, his attention turned soley to drawing.